Ordered from Lee Valley online on 2/16, it was delivered on 2/23.
(US$27.90 with shipping)
Made in China, and packaged by nasty, vindictive sinners in consumer
hell, it takes an act of Congress and a dedicated tool to get it out of
its packaging, but once decamped, it has a quite acceptable fit and
finish, with no rough edges, and a nice feel in the hand. The battery
"CR2032" is included. The moving parts work smoothly and while it is not
a "Starrett", it is not flimsy and one doesn't get the feeling that it
will fall apart during normal wood shop use. Due to the knob _not_
in the way of either reference edge, it will immediately become my go-to
T-Bevel gauge, even without the digital read out capability (my current
traditional gauge has the old wingnut, which is beyond aggravating to
use). I do like that it has an inverse button, and the capability to
save the current reading in memory for more accurate transfer.
I tested it for accuracy against my Starrett and a Wixley digital guage:
~ Ninety degrees with Starrett:
~ Forty Five degrees with Starrett:
~ Table Saw Blade (Wixley & T-Bevel) Readouts:
(you may just be able to scroll to the right upon selecting the first photo)
Would I pay $60 (with shipping) from General for it? Probably not.
Amazon also has it for $US35.95 +/- (without shipping). If you have a
definite need, you will likely find that a good price.
That said, for the price from Lee Valley (US$27.90 with shipping), a
resounding "Yes". I believe it is definitely going to be useful ... one
of those tools that, when you need its function in a pinch, it will pay
for itself by being there and you will be tickled that you had the
foresight to have in your bag of tricks.
I'll be glad to answer any questions here.
Last update: 4/15/2010
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